By STEVEN T. DENNIS
An overflow crowd of Washington County Board of Education employees told the Washington County Commissioners Wednesday night that it's time to raise taxes to meet education needs.
During a public meeting at the school board central office, teachers complained that they have received only one cost of living increase in five years, even as their responsibilities have increased.
"We really feel that we've been abandoned," said North Hagerstown High School world history teacher Leon Brumback.
Brumback said his school receives $44,000 a year for textbooks, supplies and equipment.
"There just aren't enough dollars there to stretch to meet ... needs. Ultimately the students suffer," he said.
Washington County Teacher's Association consultant Robert Pellicoro said Board of Education funding increased 16 percent before inflation between fiscal years 1992 and 1996. At the same time, enrollment increased 9.5 percent, he said.